hi, i have recentley discovered that i have an underground leak some point from the meter to the house. i know it s not internal as it is not visible. but i have recieved a water bill that is treble the usualy amount even though i have been away for 2months. the pipes from meter to the house are all laid in conrete so i dont want to have to dig the whole path up. just wondering if anyone knew of any leak dectection systems or any suggestions? thanks alot help would be greatley apprieciated
You do not need a massive leak to end up with a huge water bill. A steady leak 24/7 will soon clock up the usage. I once got called to a house who had just received a Â£700 half year water bill. Turns out it was a slightly overflowing toilet and they had ignored it.
Without running any water in the house and without shutting off the stoptap, read the meter and wait 10 - 15 mins and see if the reading has altered. If it has, shut the stopcock in the house and repeat the procedure. If the reading alters again, you have an underground leak. If it hasn't moved this time, the leak is internal.
How old is the supply pipe? If it is new, the possibility is the leak is near the meter.
Contact your water supplier and ask their advice. If the leak is underground, they may offer a partial refund. If the leak is found to be on the footpath, it is their responsibility to repair it anyway. They may also be able to locate the leak for you, or at least point you in the right direction.
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